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Learn the best parkour moves to help you escape your enemy

Knowing how to do parkour can be extremely advantageous when running away from someone. It allows you to get from point A to point B with maximum efficiency in the smallest amount of time possible. In this article, you will learn the best parkour moves to help you do just that, without getting bogged down with all the “fancy” stuff. 

What is Parkour?

We can trace back the origins of parkour to France. It was initially a method taught to military personnel as part of escape and evasion tactics during the 19th century. The word “parkour” actually came from the French phrase “Parcours du combattant”. 

Parkour allows you to get from one point to another with maximum efficiency. Its application can either be in recreation or urban escape. Parkour training for beginners is fairly easy and below are some basic parkour moves you can try out. 

Parkour vs Free-running

Parkour and free-running are often thought to be the same. Although these two terms have a lot in common, there is still a difference between them. Parkour uses moves efficiently such as jumps, vaults, and swings. Free-running, on the other hand, takes easy parkour moves and adds a creative element to turn them into acrobatic movements. 

8 Easy Parkour Moves for Beginners

To do parkour in an urban area fluidly, you must first learn the basics. Below is a parkour moves list that contains 8 simple parkour techniques for beginners. 

1. Cat Leap

Cat leaps are useful when jumping over a long distance. You jump from one point to the vertical side of a wall in a hanging position with your hands gripped at the top. Doing this requires powerful forearms because your body will be heavy from the momentum of running and landing on the side of the wall. 

2. Safety Roll

The Safety Roll is one of the most valuable skills to have in parkour. The technique allows you to disperse the force generated from the impact of your landing, which will smoothly move from your foot and out of your body as you roll. This allows you to jump from high places with less risk injury. 

3. Wall Run

The wall run is a move that allows you to scale a wall and reach the top. The height at which you can scale a wall depends on your leg strength. The wall run must be done quick to maximize your ascent.

4. Tic Tac

The Tic Tac is a technique that you can use to extend your time above ground by jumping off walls diagonally. Another popular use for the tic tac is to assist you in a wall run to maximize your ascent. 

5. Lazy Vault

The lazy vault is a technique that will help you get over an obstacle. It involves using your arm to get over an obstacle sideways and is useful to move over rails and ledges efficiently. For beginners, start practicing the lazy vault using your dominant hand. 

6. Kong Vault

The kong vault parkour technique is like a lazy vault, but the movement is forward rather than sideways. The Kong Vault is commonly used to clear long horizontal obstacles. It focuses more on the distance covered rather than the vertical component of the obstacle like in a lazy vault. 

7. Bar Kip

The bar kip is a technique that allows you to rise over bars fast. One swing is all it will take for you to go up the bar and move to the next obstacle. This is very useful when trying to go up in emergency ladders.

8. Striding

Striding is a technique used to move across obstacles that are far apart from each other. You move from one obstacle to another with one foot at a time in one fluid movement. This is a simple technique but is essential to be mastered to become good at parkour. 

This will help practice your ability to gauge distance, which is a requirement in precision jumping. Precision jumping is the next level of striding where you can jump from one point to another that is greater than the distance equivalent to your height.

Basic Parkour Moves Conclusion

Parkour for beginners can be physically demanding, scary, and hard. These techniques will help you get the fundamentals right, which will make it easier for you to do advanced parkour techniques.

Did you find these easy parkour techniques useful? If so, please share it with your friends.

Article by Sam Fury

Sam Fury is the creator and owner of the Survival Fitness Plan.

He has had a passion for martial arts and outdoor pursuits since he was a young boy growing up in Australia.

As a young adult he joined the military and studied outdoor leadership in college. After that, to further his skills, Sam started traveling to learn from the best in the world in various fields related to the Survival Fitness Plan including various martial arts in China, SE Asia and Brazil, Parkour in Singapore, Surf Life Saving in Australia, and others. 

These days, he still enjoys learning new things, traveling and sharing what he has learned via the Survival Fitness Plan. 

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